There are two ways to answer the question ‘what are facial aesthetics’ – it is not only the question of what the treatments are and what they entail but also what effect they can have and their benefits.
In this post, we will look at both.
At the most basic level, facial aesthetics are small, non-surgical treatments that make noticeable but subtle enhancements to your appearance.
They can help mask or even delay the passage of time, giving the face, and the person, a small boost, thereby improving confidence as much as they improve a smile or skin.
At Refresh My Smile, our facial aesthetics clinic in London, we believe that facial aesthetics should make a difference but without being overtly noticeable. The effect should be attractive, not alarming.
Facial Aesthetics – The Basics
Facial aesthetics are clinically safe injectables that are used to either block nerve signals to muscles to relax facial expressions or to define, re-volumise and accentuate facial contours.
These are tasks that dentists are exceptionally well-qualified to perform thanks to their knowledge of facial anatomy and their dexterity in performing delicate treatments on a daily basis, that is why we offer them at Refresh My Smile, part of The Dental Surgery at London’s Corn Exchange.
We do not make false promises: we cannot take decades off your appearance, but we can soften some of the effects of time, stress and work.
We want people to think you are looking healthy and refreshed.
Let’s have a brief look at the two key types of facial aesthetic treatments – anti-ageing injections and dermal fillers.
Anti-ageing injections can be administered on various areas around the face to relax the skin and soften the effects of stress, ageing and emotions.
These injections temporarily block the signals from nerves to the tiny underlying muscles, as it’s the tightening of those muscles being the cause of the unwanted lines.
Most commonly used on the forehead and around the eyes, anti-wrinkle injections can also be used to treat a “gummy smile” by easing the muscle that lifts the top lip.
Another popular and effective use of this treatment is for excessive underarm sweating, many celebrities have been known to undergo this treatment before red carpet events to avoid embarrassing moments.
Contained in many topical facial moisturisers, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps keep the skin hydrated and looking healthy, but one whose levels diminish with age.
Dermal fillers work by replenishing hyaluronic acid in selected areas.
The fillers add volume and rejuvenate the skin and can even be used to fill in deep facial lines or reshape features by smoothing from within.
Over time the fillers dissolve but the effects can be visible for up to nine months, making this a treatment with benefits that last for a good period of time.
Although dermal fillers are often used to combat signs of ageing such as lines and unwanted folds they are also used to treat non-age-related conditions such as scarring or acne marks. Dermal fillers can even be used to accentuate features such as lips and cheekbones.
We would again stress the need for expert application. You are smoothing out and filling the most prominent part of your body – your face, if the effects are to look natural it has to be done by someone who is skilled and experienced.
Incredibly, treatments are becoming available in high street stores, looking to answer the demand for convenience and affordability.
The physiology of the face is complex, if treatments aren’t administered correctly and adverse reactions occur, you want to be in the hands of a trained medical professional who has access to all the tools and medications required to reverse the treatment as soon as possible.
This could lead to much more money spent down the line to correct any problems created, not to mention the psychological impact.
Facial Aesthetics Fees
To get a sense for how much professional treatment costs, have a look at our fees – they are transparent – and free consultations are available in which you will receive the exact cost of the treatments you require.
At Refresh My Smile your clinician, Kate Yeaton, is a qualified dentist who works as a specialist dentist in oral surgery at Guy’s Hospital.
Combined with a Masters in History of Art and advanced qualifications in botulinum toxin and dermal filler administration (from the London School of Facial Aesthetics), she mixes her clinical dexterity and eye for artistry in a way that helps her patients achieve results that best match their facial structure.
Often naively seen as vanity treatments, the effects of facial aesthetics can be life-enhancing, a simple boost to confidence can make such a difference to someone’s outlook and behaviour.
Prevention is also better than cure, which is why younger people are considering facial aesthetics – recent research suggests that the under 35 age group is the one most likely to have treatments in the next year and to have undergone treatment in the past 12 months.
It is much easier to prevent wrinkles from occurring than to minimise the look of very deep lines.
Increasingly, minor facial procedures are becoming part of a wider self-care programme and skincare routine, similar to getting fit by going to the gym.
Facial Aesthetics – FAQs
If you are considering facial aesthetics for the first time it is natural to have questions and some concerns.
People often want to know the timescales – these are treatments that are quick to administer, create minimal discomfort and require almost no recovery time.
The effects are instant in the case of dermal fillers, while anti-wrinkle injections typically take a couple of days to make an impact, with the full effect visible after a couple of weeks.
The effects then last for months – up to five months for the anti-wrinkle treatments and nine months for dermal fillers. Of course, the effects fade over time, which may put some people at ease, as the face changes over time treatment from years earlier might no longer give the desired look.
Instead, the treatments last for a good length of time but as they fade, a decision can be made. Should the initial treatment simply be repeated or has the face changed a little with time prompting a subtle change to how fillers and injections are used?
The process itself can also be a concern, some have a slight fear of injections or are nervous about the outcome.
That is why we go out of our way to put you at ease – treatments are often administered in smaller doses at frequent intervals to achieve the result the patient is happy with, not all at once for an overwhelming change.
For those afraid of pain, another benefit of these treatments taking place in a clinical setting is that local anaesthetic can be administered when a topical anaesthetic is not sufficient and the highest quality instruments are used to ensure treatment is as painless as possible.
It is perfectly acceptable to decide against treatment after your initial consultation, we want patients to be happy, not feel forced into having injections or fillers.
We even recommend a “cool-down” period after the consultation before booking certain treatments so that you have enough time to consider whether this is the right option for you.
What are facial aesthetics? They are procedures that make subtle improvements to the face, but equally big improvements to self-esteem, confidence and mood.
They can improve your smile and how you feel!
Please have a look around the site for further information and do call us on 020 3909 1691 with any queries or book your free consultation.